NEWS | November 2, 2018

Trauma chief selected as an inaugural member of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators


Joseph Galante, chief of trauma, acute care surgery and surgical critical care at UC Davis Health, has been selected as an associate member of the new Academy of Master Surgeon Educators of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Galante is the only member from the Sacramento region.

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The academy was launched in October to advance the science and practice of surgical education, and members were chosen following stringent peer review.

“It is no surprise that Dr. Galante was selected to serve with this group of the nation’s top surgeon-educators,” said Diana Farmer, chair of the Department of Surgery at UC Davis Health. “Quality patient care is an outcome of quality physician training, and he is highly distinguished in both.”

Also a fellow of the ACS, Galante specializes in caring for trauma and emergency surgery patients. His research and teaching focus on military trauma surgery, trauma resuscitation, using military medical technology in civilian practice, and medical treatment in response to disasters.

Galante leads one of the nation’s most highly regarded medical education programs in trauma surgery, where civilian and military residents train side-by-side and benefit from each other’s perspectives and experiences.

The program also was among the first to:

  • Provide training in the latest endovascular technologies for reducing bleeding and shock following trauma
  • Educate surgeons at all career levels to treat blast and other injuries that occur during mass-casualty incidents
  • Teach non-medical community members basic techniques that can help control bleeding and save lives in emergency situations

Under Galante’s leadership, UC Davis Medical Center has continuously been re-verified as a level I trauma center by the ACS, making it the only level I trauma center — the highest level possible ― for both adults and children in inland Northern California, and one of only two in California.

In addition to his work at UC Davis Health, Galante, as a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, served with distinction in the U.S., Western Pacific and Afghanistan. Among his military honors are the Navy Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

“This is an important time in medicine for such an accomplished and innovative group of surgeon educators to come together.  Underscoring the critical importance of surgical education in a changing health care environment will be one major focus for the work of the academy,” said ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt. “We congratulate and welcome all members and associate members of the inaugural class.”

For more information, including a list of all surgeons honored with selection into the academy, visit  the ACS website.